A Mosque In Our Monticello
05/22/2010 - 23:06
Jonathan Mark

The old Catskills town, once the capital of the mountains, has changed and is changing still. No village or hamlet in the mountains has changed more, has seen its crime rate spiral higher, has a greater sense of desolation when driving down its Broadway, past the boarded-up Rialto. Who could have imagined, long ago, that our Bedford Falls could turn into Pottersville?

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I was born and grew up in Monticello (I currently live in Staten Island). My Father still lives there. Both Cottage and High Streets were already blighted blocks 40 years ago when I was a little kid walking to the Landfield Avenue Shul with my father. Wal-Mart sealed the demise of Monticello's Broadway as most of the dieing village's limited year round economic activity migrated to Wal-Mart. The Rialto movie theater closed years ago. More disturbing was the closure of the movie theater in the strip mall where Jamesway was located. Now Monticello has no movie theater period. Monticelloites must now travel to Middletown or Callicoon to see a movie.